Daily Devotional – 7/10/18 “How accurate is your reaction?”

We see the news stories, we read the social media post and we even hear about what happened to someone we know and reaction is usually what you would have said or done. But how accurate is your reaction? I mean, how do you know what you would do in a situation, you’ve never been in? How do you know how you’d react, if you’ve never come face to face with danger? Don’t you know fear has the power to paralyze you? I get it. The bible says God does not give us a spirit of fear but baby flesh is something else. All you have to do is get woken up, in the middle of the night by a strange sound or let someone walk up on you when you aren’t paying attention or have a gun stuck in your face. You don’t know how you’ll respond so stop speculating on what you’d do in a situation if you’ve never been in it. Stop offering your advice on something you know nothing about. In other words, hush! Because it is easy to say what you would do, when you are on the outside looking in. But how accurate is your reaction? Sure, you’ve experienced grief but you can’t tell a mother, who has lost her only child, how it feels when you haven’t. Losing a parent is different from losing a sibling, losing a sibling is different from losing a spouse and losing a spouse is different from losing a child. Grief is grief but there are different levels and if you haven’t experienced, firsthand, what someone is going through, HUSH!

Yes, it’s easy to say you’d leave an abusive spouse if you have never come face to face with a monster who looks like your husband or wife. Of course, you can say how fast you’d leave somebody who cheats on you, if you’ve never been cheated on by a man or woman who you love with all of you and willing to give another chance. It’s easy to say how you’d deal with someone who has mental issues until that person is a brother, mother, sister or father. You can say, you’d walk away from a fight until it’s your life on the line. You just don’t know how you’d react. Maybe you will react differently and maybe you will not but you don’t know until you’re faced with the same situation. So, please, stop judging people who have made decisions you might not have made. Your faith may be stronger and wider than theirs. However, the bible says in Romans 14:1, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” Do not make people feel bad over the choice they had to make while in the middle of a situation. Do not judge folk over what they did when anger was consuming them. Do not condemn those who make a mistake. Bible says in Romans 15:1, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” And if what I’ve shared isn’t enough, just remember this … It may be me today but it could be you tomorrow so be mindful of how you react to my reaction.

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Daily Devotional – 2/10/16 “It’s OUR fight!”

Stop saying it’s not your business when you see your folk hurting! We have to get to a place on this spiritual journey where we get bold enough to pray the enemy out of the folks who are around us. Stop sitting by watching the people, you claim to love, suffer in the spirit. Stop being selfish and only praying for you and call out someone else name, every now and then. Baby, the enemy is using more saved folk now days than ever before. You want to know why? It’s because our faith is weak and we’ve become afraid of the enemy’s pursuit. So now when he shows up we think it’s easier to say yes to him now and then repent later. However, the enemy doesn’t work like that. Once you accept him or allow him to come in, it’ll be like trying to get out of quick sand. Sometimes, the person he’s attaching himself too is weak, spiritually and this is why those of us who are stronger than they should be praying for them.

Our fight

Please understand this is in no way saying you have to put your life on hold to rebuild their life but what I am sharing is; we ought to be able to help folk, spiritually. This is why the bible says in Romans 15:1, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” Then Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.” Not everyone is as strong-willed as you and this is why you have to meet people at their point of need. If I’m comforting someone who is grieving, I have to put myself in the place they’re in, in order to be able to encourage them. And when I do, the Holy Spirit intercedes to pick up where I am short. We, as strong Saints of God, have to get back to being about God’s business for those who are weak. We can no longer sit around why our families are being incarcerated by the enemy. We can no longer act like it’s not our problem, when it’s everybody’s fight. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the enemy having a VIP pass to my family, friends and church. I’m sick of seeing him succeed in destroying marriages and relationships. So, I’ll pray over them whether they accept it or not because eventually, they won’t have a choice! If we prayed more, the enemy wouldn’t be able to prey! It’s our fight! Let’s win it together.